At around 2:30 today, my mom heard the chickens making a racket, so she looked off the balcony. She ran outside immediately when she noticed a coyote trying to catch one of our 4 month old chickens. Unfortunately, the coyote managed to grab one of the red stars and escaped. Our chickens free range on our (fenced) four acre pasture, and I just don't know how to protect them. We have lost six of our chickens these past few months, probably due to coyotes and hawks. Until now, I never witnessed them being attacked. Our to "guardians of the flock" (an 11 year old lab mix and a 4 year old chihuahua mix) were snoring away on the patio today while this went down. They never even noticed it, even when my mom ran out there. There are places under the fence that we could cover up to try and stop the coyotes, and a LGD isn't an option. I also would like to raise my flock to adulthood (if that ever happens) and start a free-range egg business. A pen would cost far too much and lower the egg quality. Any suggestions? I worry for the safety of our chickens, ducks, turkey, geese, and our chihuahua who sometimes slips under the fence and roams the pasture. I would hate for any more to die! Thank you!